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Grateful Dead Live at Capital Centre on 1979-11-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Capital Centre on 1979-11-08

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This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol 1.1"

Minglewood Blues, Stagger Lee, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, It's All Over Now, Don't Ease Me In, Looks Like Rain-> Deal Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Morning Dew, E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capital Centre
Location Landover, MD

Source Soundboard
Lineage SDB>MR>D>CDR


SDB>MR>D>CDR*; This shn set combines into a single seed the set 1 and set 2 shn sets previously seeded to etree as singles; see info file for details; seeded to etree via D Litfin; edits/encoding by D Litfin
* A note in the set 1 shn set text file states: Revised source 02-10-03: SBD>Cm>Cass>Dat>CD


Reviewer: Thumbblue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2015
Subject: phil and brent
Really powerful show....Phil is strong throughout and hearing Brent's contribution blows me away. Barely six months into his tenure with the band his playing is masterful. The boys hit it out of the park when they tapped him for the job. No one else could have filled those shoes so effectively IMO. Not the best sounding board here but the only "complete" one. I don't fault the band for protecting their livelihood. Just happy that we can still enjoy this site all these years later..enjoy
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2013
Subject: --
Well, I'm a believer. I think the economy of this show's 2nd set is something to behold, particularly post-Space. In the first set, check the absolutely STONED-down rhythm of Stagger Lee (almost sounds like the pitch is out of place!) and the build-up from LLR through Deal.

Is that Mickey trying a billion or so times to get Jerry's attention during that jazzy post-Saint jam?
Reviewer: bpdel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2012
Subject: random memories of this show
I think the weather was bad this night and a lot of people were late getting in. the house lights were on during the first set until China Cat etc - which was my first - I'd never seen it with Keith and Donna - and it was played in a strange place. The whole night had a strange vibe to it. the second set was short but very intense - the st stephen tussle was pretty intense and the morning dew blew me away. garcia mixed up the verses and played the last version with a reggae lilt. no quiet bit at the end - straight to power chords - this version is quite unique - today is the first time I've heard it since the show and I remember it well AND garcia was wearing white pants this night, which I thought was weird at the time - they could have been the pants from the GO TO HEAVEN shoot. I'm glad I finally heard this.
Reviewer: Pinetarjunky - favorite - May 24, 2011
Subject: Robbed!
I'm so sick of like 3 or more shows getting removed just because some new "Road Trips" came out and they took 2 songs from one of the concerts.
If they took half the profits and gave it to Phil's organ donor cause or something instead of charging people again for something the band already got paid for 30 years ago, it would be more in the spirit of the band rather than a spirit of greed.
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2010
Subject: Very surprised they released this show
Kinda spotty playin, sloooow from minglewood til the end of rider

but everyone loves a good dew although this one is not perfect

sound 5
show 3
Reviewer: chookie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2009
Subject: Morning Dew
well that sucks they took this one off.

I just wanna state that this Morning Dew is up there for sure. Its unique (in the aspect that it has few other dews surrounding it). Phil is dropping mad bombs, and everyone else is kicking ass. When i am in need of the intense dead to just get me off or make me forget about the world, this one gets cranked. I've tried breaking my car speakers playing this one full volume but came up short. Doesnt mean the car doesnt shake tho hehe. Overall killer special dew, a must listen for dewheads. Only downfall is the ending jam is liek 1-2 minutes long, no worries tho, its very potent.
Reviewer: JamminJerome - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2007
Subject: There's better 79 out there
Sloppy playing all night, although not 90s sloppy. Nothing really stood out to me other than China>Rider and Sailor>Saint, but neither were spectacular. Three and a half stars for this one, rounded down because there's so many better 79 shows out there.
Reviewer: Kalhoun - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2007
Subject: Charlie Miller...where are you?
Charlie. Come save us with the clean second set. This show deserves it. It was to be my last live Dead show. It was very well and very professionally played. The boys came to the show with a polished stage presence. I think it showed in the quality of the work. Each song was good to very good. I thought Morning Dew was excellent. No duds in these sets. Just bad recordings.
Reviewer: ltb420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2006
Subject: my first show
well i was 18 and my frend al who i work whith he was head cook and i was the dish dog or dish washer he was older then me and had been to a lot of shows so it easy to say i look up to him i love it so that i saw them 170 times so i what to say thancks Al
Reviewer: StrawRider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2005
Subject: Second Set Review
There is another (better) source available for the first set, to I'm just going to review the second set here. I advise those who enjoy this show to find that other one made available to us by Charlie Miller, the Archive's Sound God.

The sound here is good, not perfect: 4 skulls
There are some other factors that keep this show/recording source from getting anything higher than 4 even though this is a great show. In the notes:
- The first few seconds of Minglewood Blues is missing
- Some digi-noise at the beginning of the audience cheering at the end of Stagger Lee
- The first few verses of It's All Over Now are probably missing
- Scarlet Begonias cuts in at: she had rings on her fingers ...."
In spite of these somewhat minor blemishes, I absolutely love this concert but be advised that I am a big fan of 1979 in general. The Scarlet~Fire may not be the very best ever but it is a sweet one. Jerry and Phil are rock stars in FOTM. Then, it's Bobby and Brent's turn to get into the act with a solid if rudimentary Sailor~Saint. The obligatory yet interesting Drums~Space follows and then a wicked synth into for NFA sets the stage for a rockin' version of that classic. Phil bombastic notes birth Morning Dew into existence and the rest is history.
I hope to see Charlie Miller get the upgrade for this second set to us in the near future!
Reviewer: skb archives - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2005
Subject: Source
There were no reels made on this tour. This is SBD>Cm>Cass>Dat>
Reviewer: ikofun - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2005
Subject: DEW
Yes it was a rare Dew and there is the trivial fact that there was a dew out in the parking lot after the show. It was a fun show of a fun tour and for me ranks up there with the Cape Cod shows. Thanks for listening.
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2005
Subject: 11-08-1979
This reading of Morning Dew is a bit sloppy and disjointed, however it is played with gusto and Garcia does have a few nice fanning runs...does it stand up to the "best ever" Dews? no, but it's worth a listen...the recording is a nice blend soundboard...
Reviewer: brendanmcauley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2005
Subject: Hottest DEW Ever!
This show is one of my faves and has been in my rotation for a while since I downloaded it last year. I agree with the mixed sentiments about the scarlet fire, which does not come in until the second verse of scarlet- so the intro is cut- even then, which is unlike me, I odwnloaded it and it rocks.

What is special about this DEW is two things:

1. Its rare
2. Jerry is on fire!

DEW had not been played for 19 months since 4.15.78 and was the only DEW of '79, not to be played again until mid 1980 and only 4 times in 1980, then 5 times in '81 and forever after a rarity on tour except in '87 where it was played almost 20 times. Prior to 4.15.78 DEW was played 5 times in '77-much to my suprise- thanks deadbase. It was played 3 times in 1976 and then 5 times in 1974. So from jan 1 1974 to jan 1 1982 DEW was played 22 times.

This Dew was only the 9th DEW in 5 years so it was indeed quite rare and Jerry really belts it out with major emotion- any deadhead will feel the outrageous power in his voice as he screams these lyrics at the top of his lungs- the crowd is waaay into it. The ending of DEW is unique since Jerry sort of adlibs "I guess it doesn't matter, anyway" 4 times then shreds into a jam that at the very least sends chills up my spine.

On top of all this, the NFA rocks and the DEW is a major suprise!

This is a MUST have. 5 stars even though some tapes do soundbetter, this is crisp and kind.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2005
Subject: Butt kicking China>rider
Nice looks like rain, all over now, deal.

Sound quality is superb, the scarlet>fire does lack a little oomph on the tape have to agree there with some other folks however judging from the crowd they are pretty stoked, ergo I was not there so going to go with the crowd who liked it.

Phil does indeed bust loose with some huge bombs while Jer sizzles his way through a strong dew.
Reviewer: thefuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2004
Subject: get it
Another good show and also good sound. Make yourself a copy right away.Maybe only a 4 for sound though.
Reviewer: DFBayne - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2004
Subject: When Phil was on, the band was on....
This is one of those shows that proves the old addage that when Phil was hot, the band was hot. Phil is all over this recording dropping bombs like he was piloting a B-52. A lot has already been written about the Dew from this show, so I will refrain from doing so other than to say that there were not many Dews in this era and this is a good one.

I will, however, respectfully disagree with the reviewer who called the Scarlet "weak." I've always loved this Scarlet>Fire precisely because of Phil's booming presence everywhere. This is a very hot show and well worth checking out. It's only 2 discs too.
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2004
Subject: weak Scarlet, interesting Morning Dew, great sound
Thanks to the other reviewers here, I've listened to MDew, and upgraded this show from a 3 to a 4 (I view 10-27 and -28 as 5s). Not a memorable Scarlet, and not much of a jam coming out into Fire. But the sound quality is high.

Morning Dew. Lesh is very loud, and all over this thing. We get a nice trill from Jerry after 6:30, and at 7:00, yes, we get the reggae'd chorus (probably occasioned by Garcia's failure to end the prior jam on cue...but they take his leftover stubbled notes and just go with the flow).

When they get to the "I guess it doesn't matter" refrain, they do it differently (maybe because it's been a year). Instead of singing it quietly, and then taking the music/jam down to where a pin will drop, they rock it out and keep on going. Unfortunately, it resulted in a shorter than normal jam; about 9:10 we get some nice trilling from Garcia, but at 9:36 he sings the final "doesn't matter" and they are done.
Reviewer: Hogg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2004
Subject: Reggae Dew! be the judge!!!
Ah yes the only Morning Dew of 79' the sound quality is great, one of my favorite Phil dew's, just that crisp powerful bass and Jerry sounds so very passionate, vocals and six string (I love the ending) and correct me if i'm wrong but it's the only Dew i've heard that has a little reggae chop coming out of the first jam...SO SWEET!!!! peace.
Reviewer: CIRESTodd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2004
Subject: Great!
Another great show. I really enjoy listening to this one. The sound quality is also superb.

Here's some cover-art for this show:
Reviewer: jackaroe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2004
Subject: dew me
Great Dew (for the only one since April 78. Jerry repeats the "guess it doesn't matter" line over and over with increased passion each time (much like the 3-26-95 version)and then brings it all home. Not the greatest all time version but one packed with a punch. Give it a listen.
Reviewer: taperdave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2004
Subject: I was here
Yes great show my first dew and first china rider. notice the strange place china rider is in, yea it was played well. Micky was hitting an anvil as an affect. Jerry almost forgot the music arangment of the dew but wow for the only dew of the year what a nice one, oh yea and the st. stephen tease before the dew wow
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Source: AUD of unknown lineage; TDK D90's (c1979) > Nakamichi CR-5A > Edirol FA-66 Wavelab 2448 > R8Brain > CD-Wave > TLH > FLAC 1644 tagged. Transfer by Andrew F 01/2015